Australia

Four days could bring a MONTH of rain

Lap up the sunshine and dig out your umbrellas, the weekend is going to deliver the mother of all rain storms.

The clear skies will soon be gone, in favour of a huge downpour which could deliver almost a month’s worth of rain in just four days.

A monster cold front is forecast to reach WA in the early hours of Sunday morning, drenching Perth, the South West and even reaching drought-stricken parts of the Mid West.

Up to 45mm of rain is forecast for Sunday, while Monday could see 35mm and up to 10mm could fall on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett told PerthNow the front was typical for the time of year and would bring rainfall into the middle of next week.

“It’s slow moving and as a result the rain will be around for a reasonable length of time, delivering falls from early Sunday,” he said.

“Certainly falls in excess of 50mm are possible in a two to three day period.”

The front is forecast to hit WA from about 1am on Sunday, reaching Perth by about 5am.

Coastal Perth is set to cop the brunt of the downpour, while the South West is also forecast to receive huge falls.

Farmers in the Mid West will be celebrating a welcome bout of wet weather on Sunday and Monday after recording months of below-average rainfall.

“Expect falls of 20mm or more. They could get similar falls to Perth, if not heavier,” Mr Bennett said.

In the Goldfields, residents could wake to a winter wonderland, with frost forecast for southern areas on Saturday morning.

It comes after the Great Southern was flooded after being battered by heavy rainfall on Monday night.

A car was submerged under water in Albany and emergency crews received more than 30 calls for help after 71.6mm of rain was bucketed on the city — the wettest August day since 1979.

Perth Forecast

Sunday: 100 per cent chance of rain, 25-45mm

Monday: 100 per cent chance of rain, 25-35mm

Tuesday: 95 per cent chance of rain, 4-10mm

Wednesday: 90 per cent chance of rain, 4-10mm

How rainfall forecasts are calculated (source: BoM)

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